Thank you so much for joining our community and taking the skin type assessment. Your contributions will help others avoid adverse skin reactions. Below are recommendations for your personal skin type.*


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This skin type is mostly concerned with wrinkles. This skin type has tight, rough, dry skin. The dryness is worse in the winter when there is low humidity. The dryness makes wrinkles look worse. You may have fair and freckled skin or your may have a darker skin tone and tan well. This pigmented skin type often develops dark spots and dark under eye circles. Prevention is key when trying to tackle this skin type's issues: wrinkles, dark spots, and dryness.


The focus of your skincare should be to protect and hydrate your skin. The skin barrier is composed of cells surrounded by fat or lipids in two layers that keep water in and keep irritants out when it is not disrupted. Those fats are mostly cholesterol, fatty acids, and ceramides. You should minimize sun exposure, don’t smoke, and wear sunscreen to keep this barrier intact.

Skin Care IQ will help you find good products and ingredients for your skin.
  • Incorporate antioxidants into your skin care and diet to combat environmental factors that contribute to aging.
  • Prescription-strength retinol-containing products are sufficiently concentrated to reduce or prevent wrinkles, but the retinoid can compound dryness; introduce it slowly by diluting it with a moisturizer.
  • Try retinoids, vitamin C, and copper peptide that have been shown to increase collagen synthesis.
  • Add a lightening serum or gel to treat dark spots.

Applying sunscreen regularly when outdoors is important. Avoid sun exposure for several reasons:

Say no to bad things for your skin like smoking, sun exposure, and a poor diet.
  • A potential sunburn results in skin peeling and flaking, and damage to the skin barrier and the ability of the skin to hold in water.
  • UV rays from the sun produce reactive oxygen species and inhibit skin enzymes that produce key components of the skin and damage the skin barrier.
  • In particular, sun exposure decreases the hyaluronic acid (HA) content of the skin and can initiate a cascade that breaks down collagen.
  • Light-toned skin could still be prone to melanoma skin cancer.

Ingredients to look for:

To prevent wrinkles:

  • Basil
  • Caffeine
  • Camilla sinensis (green tea, white tea)
  • Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone)
  • Copper peptide
  • Curcumin (tetrahydracurcumin or turmeric)
  • Ferulic acid
  • Feverfew
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Grape seed extract
  • Idebenone
  • Lutein
  • Lycopene
  • Punica granatum (pomegranate)
  • Pycnogenol (a pine bark extract)
  • Rosemary
  • Silymarin
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Yucca

To diminish wrinkles:

  • Alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid, lactic acid)
  • DMAE
  • Retinol
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

To moisturize:

  • Aloe vera
  • Borage seed oil
  • Ceramide
  • Cholesterol
  • Cocoa butter
  • Colloidal oatmeal
  • Dexpanthenol (pro-vitamin B5)
  • Dimethicone
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Glycerin
  • Glycolic acid
  • Jojoba oil
  • Lactic acid
  • Linoleic acid
  • Niacinamide
  • Olive oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Shea butter

To prevent dark spots:

  • Cocos nucífera (coconut extract)
  • Cucumber
  • Niacinamide
  • Pycnogenol (a pine bark extract)
  • Saxifraga sarmentosa extract (strawberry begonia)

To improve dark spots:

  • Arbutin
  • Cucumber extract
  • Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice extract)
  • Hydroquinone
  • Kojic acid
  • Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • Mulberry extract
  • Tyrostat
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

Ingredients to avoid:

Can increase dryness (low molecular weight alcohols):

  • Ethanol
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Methanol
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Specially denatured alcohol

Can increase dryness:

  • Detergents that foam vigorously (can strip skin of protective lipids)

This list was adapted from Baumann, Leslie. The Skin Type Solution: Are You Certain That You Are Using the Optimal Skin Care Products? 2010. Random House Publishing Group.

*The recommendations provided here are meant only as guidelines and are not exhaustive of the types of ingredients to use or avoid. These guidelines are not meant to replace any advice from a physician. If you have persistent skin concerns, we recommend seeking a doctor’s advice.

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